August 15th, 2019

Premier League-Gameweek 2

Here we go again, one down 37 more to go. After last night’s European Super Cup drama, the Premier Leagues returns, there’s some interesting ties in store this weekend rounded off with the return of Monday Night Football.

If you’re anything like me, you might have struggled to pick a winner given some of the results, Bournemouth at home to a promoted side seemed like free money for me which of course meant they would draw, figures! That said, we go again and they tell me God loves a trier.

Arsenal v Burnley – 12:30 kick off

Both teams in the lunchtime kick off this weekend took 3 points in their previous fixtures, Arsenal managed to break down a stubborn Newcastle defence despite missing Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil and record signing Nicholas Pepé only appearing off the bench while Burnley had a game of two halves against Southampton (excuse the awful cliche) managing zero shots on target in the first half yet ending the game 3-0 winners.

I fancy Arsenal to continue where they left off last week with some encouraging attacking play, Burnley’s defense could trouble them given the sheer size of some of the players and their habit of kicking pacy opponents. Both teams to score is an interesting shout at EVENS given Arsenal’s sometimes shaky defense, but since it’s the early kick off, I wouldn’t be sticking this in the accumulator on Saturday morning. That almost never works out.

Aston Villa v Bournemouth – 3:00pm KO

Villa are playing their first Premier League home game since 2016 and after a decent showing last weekend, albeit a losing one, will look to get some points on the board in front of their own fans in the first of the 3 o’clocks this weekend. Worryingly for Bournemouth, they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 second week fixtures to nil.

John McGinn looks like one to watch for Villa having bagged a goal against Spurs but I’ve put him in my fantasy team this weekend so we’ll see if I’ve put the scud on him. Bournemouth to win with both teams scoring looks the most interesting for given their more recent Premier League experience and it can be back at around 4/1.

Brighton v West Ham – 3:00pm KO

I wrote in my preview piece for the new season that Brighton would struggle this term, only being spared relegation by virtue of their being 3 worse teams below them, so naturally, they ran out 3-0 winners against Watford. They face a West Ham team who got absolutely tonked by Manchester City last time out, no great shame, but not good for the confidence.

An early start will be key for The Hammers to rock Brighton’s confidence and record signing Sébastien Haller will look to open his account. However, Brighton are unbeaten against West Ham since 2012 (P4, W3, D1) in that time and 6/4 looks a very generous price for Brighton to win.

Everton v Watford – 3:00pm KO

The Marco Silva/Richarlison derby. Everton take on Watford in front of their own fans and will be looking to score their first goals of the season following a fruitless 0-0 against Crystal Palace while Watford attempt to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Brighton.

The Toffee’s home form last term helped them to a record of 4 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 games of last season, without conceding a goal and will look to Seamus Coleman to help continue that run, however he’s scored 2 own goals in 4 previous matches against Watford, so maybe bench him on your Fantasy Team this weekend, yeah? Watford are without a clean sheet in 16 games in all competitions, so I’ll be putting Yes in the Either Team to win and Both to Score market in my acca this weekend at 11/8.

Norwich v Newcastle – 3:00pm KO

Unbeaten in their last 3 away fixtures in the league, Newcastle will want to pick up some points against Norwich who were soundly beaten thanks to four first half goals from Liverpool last time out. Despite the scoreline, The Canaries looked bright and goalscorer on the night Teemu Pukki will hope to take advantage of a Newcastle defence that shown resilience against Arsenal last time out, but ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat.

Historically this fixture brings goals with 24 between them in their last 4 meetings but given Newcastle’s attacking options haven’t really had the time to click just yet, that may not be the case this time round. I’m going to sit on the fence in terms of an actual result and go with Yes in the Either Team to win and Both to Score market again at 6/4.        

Southampton v Liverpool – 3:00pm KO

Fresh off winning the Super Cup on penalties midweek, Liverpool will barely be home from Istanbul before making their way to St Mary’s to take on Southampton. A poor opening day showing against Burnley meant The Saint’s fell to a 3-0 defeat and despite Liverpool’s tiredness and injuries to Naby Keita and Alisson, I think The Reds will continue their flying start to the season with a comfortable win.

You have to go back to January 2017 since a Liverpool goalkeeper had to pick a Southampton strike out of his net. Former Saint Sadio Mané has looked sharp in the two competitive games he’s played this season and I fancy him to score at anytime with Liverpool winning comfortably and he can be backed at 7/5 in the Wincast market.

Man City v Tottenham- 5:30pm KO

Arguably the headline game of the weekend, both teams will be looking to build on their opening day victories but only one team can come away with the three points. Harry Kane broke his opening day duck by getting himself a brace against Aston Villa last time out and Raheem Sterling continued last years good form by grabbing a hat trick.

With Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus likely to be rested after their Copa America exploits over the summer, expect Sterling to be used in a central position again. Both teams are free scoring so far this season but I reckon City’s strength in depth is what gets them through this one. Back them to win and over 2.5 match goals at4 / 5 or if you’re looking a bit more value, Raheem Sterling to score 2 or more can be backed at 9/2.

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace – 2:00pm KO, Sunday

Some things in life are certain; death, taxes and when Wilfried Zaha doesn’t start, Crystal Palace don’t win. Whether he was being punished for agitating for a move during the transfer window or not (he definitely was), Hodgson should be starting him for this game.

The Blades managed to salvage a point in their opening fixture against Bournemouth thanks to a late Billy Sharp strike and they will be relying on him if they have any chance of the 3 points on Sunday. I fancy Crystal Palace to win with both teams to score at 11/2.

Chelsea v Leicester – 4:00 KO, Sunday

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will be going into this game both tired and disappointed. This will be their third competitive fixture this week and they’re still without a win despite a promising first half against Manchester United and a spirited performance against

Liverpool in the Super Cup. Olivier Giroud and Chrisitan Pulisic looked bright on 1.50

Wednesday night and I expect them to start. Mason Mount came on in midweek and had the ball in the back of the night twice albeit once being flagged for offside and in the penalty shootout. Leicester will be frustrated having only managed a point against Wolves last weekend, but Brendan Rodger’ side are no mugs and I can see them giving a Chelsea team that are low on confidence problems, despite their potential.

Both Teams to Score and a Draw??? Maybe? Yeah, why not. It’s 19/5 anyway. Mason Mount to score anytime at 13/5 is interesting as well.

Wolves v Man United- 8:00 KO, Monday

Monday Night Football is back!! Evening games at Molineaux Stadium are a strange affair, I remember watching Liverpool play there twice in the space of a few weeks only to see a full on rave break out on the pitch before the actual football, turned out to be a whole lot better than one of the games anyway. Anyway… They welcome Olé Gunnar Solskjær and co. who will be positively buoyant after their 4-0 demolition of Chelsea last Sunday.

It was perhaps a false scoreline given how bright Chelsea looked in the early stages but a clean sheet and a debut goal for the three debutant signings leads United in to the game with their backs up. Wolves did give the Top 6 teams problems last year, and already being several games into their season, they could offer some resistance to the pacy attack of United.

Monday night games under the lights often bring goals, so I’m going with a 2-2 draw for this one and it can be backed at 14/1.

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